Carpticon is a black metal band from Jessheim, Norway. Carpticon was officially founded in December 2001 by Brigge and Ishtarh. Carpticon was at the beginning called "Svitjod", but after a while they found out that the name was occupied so they had to change it. Some time went by and many suggestions where considered and they came up with "Infernal Fiend", after a short time they decided to change that one too and ended up with Carpticon. They started to rehearse at the local Rock club at Jessheim. And at this time they only where the two founding members. Since they both played guitar they needed other musicians to do the rest, but that was not so easy that they hoped. After a while they managed to collect a whole lineup in 2002 and they recorded a single called "The Art Of Darkness". The Art of Darkness was recorded on a eight track HD recorder and the production and sound quality was not what they was expecting, but it was an experience to build on. they continued writing songs and few months later they had written around eight tracks which they was practicing as often as three - four days a week. The members that contributed on the recording of "The Art Of Darkness" where now leaving the band, and they was back with only two guitars again. In late 2002 the former guitarist of Mandylion, Hellspawn joined Carpticon. they felt they had to record a promo package soon so they went through all the material that laid by their hands, and re-writed a few of the tracks and wrote a few new. they recorded a preproduction in November 2002; Occularis Inferum started to take form. They practiced hard for about a month and planned to record the demo in December, but since the session drummer that would help them out with the drum tracks was very busy at this point they had to put the recording on ice for a while. 2003 started out about the same as the past year ended, with many and long practices and lack of members. In January they where asked to do a gig at the opening of a youth club at Jessheim. So they did two gigs only using a drum machine, two guitars and vocals. Carpticon started the year 2003 as a three man band, but in the spring they managed to get a drummer again. Former drummer of Alsvartr, Valdr. they practiced a few times and after a while his other projects occupied much of his time, so he got us a replacement drummer. The drummer of Nebular Mystic, Morgoth joined Carpticon at the summer and they practiced for a while and ended the year together with a gig at Jessheimdays in August 2003. It was on a pretty big stage outdoors with pro sound and light engineers. This was their first true live experience and that`s the biggest they have done so far. After the gig at Jessheimdays Carpticon was put on ice for about nine months due to military service and other related things, they got a few offers to play at small Norwegian festivals in the next months but because of the reasons above they had to say no. Much of the time was used planning their next moves. When they all where back in 2004 Hellspawn left Carpticon, he was replaced by Volund and they were now four members. A long time of practice and planning was ahead of them and they arranged photo sessions and started to look for a place to record their promo package. Valdr joined Carpticon again in late 2004, but now to play the bass. they formerly lived at their rehearsal dungeon in these few months before Christmas and in December it was settled that they was entering Panser Studio in January 2005 to record Occularis Infernum. In these months before the studio visit they did the last small adjustments on their material and they used January to record and mix Occularis Infernum. The release was set to 7th of February and their first promo package was finally done, after three years writing tracks, lyrics and searching for members. In April 2005 They played their first consert for over a year together with Thyruz on Garasjen Rock Caf� Jessheim. Almost 100 metal heads visited the event this evening, they got good critics and it went out pretty well. Now they have started to write new tracks which they are going to record probably some time in 2005, they gave us a taste from that live on Jessheim. In June Carpticon was contacted by the Spanish underground label BlackSeed Productions, they showed their interest for Carpticon and wanted to release their debut album. And first of August they Signed up with BlackSeed Productions. FROM: http://www.carpticon.net/ Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.